Club Affiliation - Samaritans
Sat 03
Grove II
3rd XV (Vikings)
D Starkey, L Donnelly
L Donnelly
Guys give everything in defeat to Grove II's

Guys give everything in defeat to Grove II's

By Gareth Tully
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Injuries, unavailability's and some questioning decisions by the ref contributed to the team's loss

The guys played probably their best opening 10 minutes of the season and should've been up by a couple scores if it wasn't for a couple of handling mistakes and good defence from the home team. Unfortunately the 1st score of the game came from the hosts after bad decision to try and play our way out of our 22 from a scrum in front of our posts, a dropped ball handed the hosts an easy try (which was converted). It was now all Grove and they doubled their lead shortly after, a shuffle in the backline seem to spark the lads back into action. The impressive Lewis Donnelly moved to 10 and started getting the lads firing, setting up inside centre Dan Starkey to dive over under the posts. Lewis converted it and then scored himself 10 minutes later finishing off a good phase of play by the backs. He missed the conversation but we were right back in it at 14-12, what happened next was the turning point in the game. With this being the last play of the half, right winger James Millar failed to deal with a kick through and got in a mix up with fullback George Daniel. Ultimately giving Grove's impressive 10 an intercept try, which he converted.

Grove didn't look back after that and after losing Lewis and the tackle machine Gihan Ratnayaka to injuries, they scored a further 2 tries in the 2nd half to seal the victory. A couple positive's to come from the game were the return from injury for Chris Champ (8 weeks out with hand injury), Rudi Eagling (4 weeks out with knee injury) and Alex Spencer who had managed a total of about 20-25 minutes the entire season so far due to a knee injury.



Tries - D Starkey & L Donnelly
Cons - L Donnelly
MoM - Brent Lee
DoD - James Millar

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Match details

Match date

Sat 03, Feb 2018



Meet time



12:00 @ club if in need of a lift please


Berks Bucks & Oxon 3

League position

Reading III
Grove II
Brent Lee

Player of the match

Brent Lee